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While the Steam Deck is a fantastic handheld devices, there's always going to be ways to make it better and GuliKit just revealed an upgraded version of their anti-drift thumbstick mod.

There's actually two different versions of the Steam Deck thumbsticks, and previously GuliKit had one for each but now they've combined them into one single unit. All you need to do is flick a little switch on the back of the new version, to point to which model your Steam Deck came with - nice.

On top of that GuliKit say this new version requires no soldering as it comes complete and it uses 50% less power compared to their previous version, so it sounds easier than ever to do the replacement.

For getting a bit longer life out of your Steam Deck with intense gaming sessions, this is one mod that seems like it may be really worth looking into.

You can read more about it on their product page. No exact word yet on when they will be come available to order so keep an eye on their Amazon page. Their Twitter account simply said they're "ready" and they don't do sales directly from their own website.

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Lomkey Jun 8
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I may get them after reviews comes out on it.
kalin Jun 8
I have deck but I don't want to apply mods by myself. I hope deck 2 will have the options to be bought with those and other extras like oled full hd displays and so on
I hardly use the joysticks on my Steam Deck. I find the touchpads to be superior input devices.
Are the Steam Deck's original thumbsticks an issue? Personally I have no reason to change them, but I might just be lucky...
Liam Dawe Jun 8
Quoting: MohandevirAre the Steam Deck's original thumbsticks an issue? Personally I have no reason to change them, but I might just be lucky...
Pretty much all traditional joysticks will eventually drift, the design of these is supposed to last far longer and potentially never see drifting issues.
One of the issues with their current offering is that the output saturate at 70% of the stick travel range. I suspect this is a design issue as most of the people have seen this issue. Very few people claims their module works as normal, which I have some doubt that they might not measure that properly. To test that, go to Settings -> Controller, There is "Test Device Inputs". Click [Begin Test]. Move the joy stick to upper-left corner until x-y values are roughly equal, if the values are above 32000 that means it saturates around 70% (cos(45) = sin(45) = 0.707). In practice I have not notice significant differences, it could be because the games I played do not call for precise control. Others' experience may vary.
Pengling Jun 8
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Quoting: Liam DawePretty much all traditional joysticks will eventually drift, the design of these is supposed to last far longer and potentially never see drifting issues.
I assume it's safe to say that the Steam Deck's sticks are at least better than, say, the absolutely notorious ones used in the Nintendo Switch's Joy-Cons, though?

I don't have a Deck yet, and if they are like that, it would be a big dealbreaker for me - I got sick of repairing those things and that contributed to my move over to 100% Linux-gaming.
Thibug Jun 9
Quoting: Pengling
Quoting: Liam DawePretty much all traditional joysticks will eventually drift, the design of these is supposed to last far longer and potentially never see drifting issues.
I assume it's safe to say that the Steam Deck's sticks are at least better than, say, the absolutely notorious ones used in the Nintendo Switch's Joy-Cons, though?

I don't have a Deck yet, and if they are like that, it would be a big dealbreaker for me - I got sick of repairing those things and that contributed to my move over to 100% Linux-gaming.

The steamdeck come with a case, and a good one (Compared to the switch first party case I have that doesn't protect the joystick that much), so it should be a bit better as it won't get abused during travel.

But I still might upgrade to those, as I like those kind of joystick better compared to the old one, feeling wise (At least when comparing with the 8bitdo ultimate)
RealChris Jun 9
Quoting: Pengling
Quoting: Liam DawePretty much all traditional joysticks will eventually drift, the design of these is supposed to last far longer and potentially never see drifting issues.
I assume it's safe to say that the Steam Deck's sticks are at least better than, say, the absolutely notorious ones used in the Nintendo Switch's Joy-Cons, though?

I don't have a Deck yet, and if they are like that, it would be a big dealbreaker for me - I got sick of repairing those things and that contributed to my move over to 100% Linux-gaming.

There Is Absolutely ZERO Reason To Mod The OEMs Steam Deck Joysticks, They Work Just Fine As Is, This Is Just In Case You Receive A Defective Unit After Your Warranty, But Even Still, You Can Pay The Valve Fee And RMA It, They Do The Work For U, I've Heard Complaints From These 3rd Party Modules Being Installed, One Complaint Is They Couldn't Calibrate Properly And They Had All Sorts Of Motion Issues In-Game Afterwards, Bc The OEM Joysticks Calibrate Differently For Games Than The 3rd Party Ones, If U Buy One Brand New, The Steam Deck That Is.. In My Opinion, Leave Em As Is.

I Own The 512gb Since Launch, And My Joysticks Still Run Beautifully, I Also Own The Switch, Original Version, Had To RMA Store Bought And OEM Joy-Cons, Plenty, But Never Ever Issues Like This With The OEM Steam Deck Joysticks. And Even If U Didn't Like The Way The OEMs Feel Grip Wise, Just Buy The Joystick Covers For Em, Heck, Even The Switch Joy-Con Thumbstick Covers Work For The Steam Deck OEMs As Well, So If U Have Em Lying Around, Put Em On Ur Steam Deck OEM Thumbsticks.

The Only Complaint From Me Owning The 512gb, Is Its Still Literally Not Enough HDD Space, It Should Have Had The Standard 1TB SSD Drive Rather 512GB, But You'll Need To Invest Into The MicroSD 1TBs To Expand Its Usage, Without Consistent Uninstallions. And Also, You'll Become Addicted To Steam Sales And Fanatical Sales.😂


Last edited by RealChris on 9 June 2023 at 10:47 am UTC
Eike Jun 9
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Quoting: RealChrisThere Is Absolutely ZERO Reason To Mod The OEMs Steam Deck Joysticks, They Work Just Fine As Is, This Is Just In Case You Receive A Defective Unit After Your Warranty

I stopped reading here due to all that capitalization.

I haven't got problems with the sticks either, but then, joystick feel like something gone for good in the early Nineties to me. ;)


Last edited by Eike on 9 June 2023 at 10:57 am UTC
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